How to Practice Mindful Reflection

Abbie’s Classroom, Adams Elementary

Abbie’s Classroom, Adams Elementary

Why is reflecting mindfully important? 

When reflecting on this past school year, it can be easy for your thoughts to become negative and overly critical. Most of us can relate to the sentiment of having a harsh inner critic. When we talk to our friends, we are positive and in support of their goals and ideas. Why don't we offer ourselves the same? When we incorporate positive language into our daily self-talk, it is proven to enhance your performance and reduce stress. In addition, positive language is better for your overall cardiovascular health and increases vitality (crazy, right?).

We’ve put together some loving and caring affirmations you can practice when your language and thoughts become negative. 

I love myself.

I am proud of myself for even trying. That took courage. 

I respect and honor  that my past has led me to this very moment.

I may make mistakes, but so does everyone. My perfection lies in my imperfections.

I’m smart, positive, and caring towards others. I love that I have such wonderful qualities and I’m proud of myself for having them.

It’s okay to feel what I am feeling. There is no right or wrong way to feel. 

5 ways to reflect with positivity and compassion

1. Check in with yourself - pause during events or bad days and evaluate your self-talk. Ask yourself: is it becoming negative? How can you turn it around? 
2. Take your reflection outdoors - go for a walk or sit in the park and think about this past school year. Repeat this affirmation: Just as nature exists, so do I.
3. Grab a notebook, and write your reflections down. What were you proud of? What were your favorite moments? Glance at this list when you need a reminder of all the wonderful goals you have achieved.
4. Make a list of things you appreciate about yourself. What makes you unique? Go back to this list when you need some positive language. 
5. Try this meditation created specifically for educators, on reflecting with positivity and mindfully. 

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Melissa Shah